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About Melissa Pickell

I am a Registered Dietitian with a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition and over 25 years experience working with all ages and types of health conditions. I received my four-year degree from Syracuse University including medical fieldwork, and passed a national exam for registration. As a Registered Dietitian, I participate in continuing education requirements every year. My specialties include weight loss coaching; diet makeovers; food sensitivities; heart healthy diets; gluten-free, dairy-free diets; and plant-based, (vegan and vegetarian) diets.

Foods to Get You Through The Winter

2017-07-05T18:38:29+00:00February 19th, 2013|Categories: Learn More|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Around this time of year I start to get tired of winter and ready for warm days and spending time outdoors on the bike or in the garden. Ok, let's be honest, I'm not just ready for spring, I'm almost chomping at the bit. I can't wait!!! But it is [...]

Raw Foods Passover. It’s Not Just About Matzoh

2017-07-05T18:38:29+00:00April 2nd, 2012|Categories: Learn More|

Passover is around the corner and there is the usual buzz in the air about the holiday food. What to make, what new recipes to try, recipe sharing. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of everything matzoh. It doesn't make me feel good and I'm working at listening to my [...]

Keeping it Simple Jicama & Pineapple Salad

2017-07-05T18:38:30+00:00February 21st, 2012|Categories: lunch|Tags: , , , , |

I've turned over a new leaf this year. Life is busy and I'm spending less time on cooking up actual recipes and trying to keep it really simple in the kitchen. I'm just loading the fridge with fruits and veggies, whatever looks great at the grocery or farmer's market, and [...]

Red Lentils and Other Camping Food (This One’s for Sue!)

2017-07-05T18:38:30+00:00February 7th, 2012|Categories: Dinner|Tags: , , , , |

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of being a guest on In the Aisle with Sue, an internet radio show hosted by Flemington Shop Rite registered dietitian extraordinaire Sue Lang-Saponara  and we had a great conversation about Meatless Mains and why we love legumes. Anyone who knows Sue, knows that [...]

Kale Pear Lime Salad

2017-07-05T18:38:30+00:00January 26th, 2012|Categories: Salads|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Lacinto Kale Lacinto Kale (or Dinosaur Kale) is one variety of that dark green vegetable that everyone is talking about and you know you're supposed to eat more of. Lacinto kale is a slightly sweeter taste than the curly kale variety.I decided to make a kale salad with [...]

Vegan Thanksgiving 2011 Menu

2016-02-28T17:06:41+00:00November 21st, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Here is my final menu for this year's vegan Thanksgiving: Gingered Carrot Soup Pumpkin Stuffed with Quinoa, Wild Rice & Lentils Kale Salad with Pear, Daikon and Lime Roasted Brussels sprouts and shallots (see Marvelous Meatless Meals FB page) Cranberry Conserve & Chutney Quinoa-quinoa corn bread (recipe by Bryant Terry [...]

Cranberry Chutney and Conserve

2017-07-05T18:38:30+00:00November 19th, 2011|Categories: Sides|Tags: , , , |

Cranberry Conserve Here are two recipes using fresh cranberries. They are recipes that my family has been making for years but had quite a bit of sugar. Of course, cranberries don't have much in the way of natural sugar so you do need to add some, but I [...]

Vegan Thanksgiving 2011: Quinoa-Wild Rice-Lentil Stuffed Squash

2017-07-05T18:38:30+00:00November 13th, 2011|Categories: Sides|Tags: , , , , |

Last year was my family's 3rd annual vegan Thanksgiving. Each year we try a new dish or two and also make some family favorites. The sides are never an issue, but deciding on a main dish has had me stumped. We are definitely NOT fake turkey people, and since my [...]